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Risk down, profit up: how to build a better manufacturer with the Industrial Internet of Things

11th July 2019, London

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Location: City Social


We are on our fourth industrial revolution. The first three (steam, science, scale) empowered corporations, but the fourth (digital) empowers people. Now fulfilment and supply must be frictionless and quick, manufacturers must be agile.

How should manufacturers organise today to win tomorrow? By developing and executing their Industrial IoT strategies – tackling the secure convergence of I.T., operations and manufacturing systems, and effectively leveraging data science to drive improvements in the business

The end goal: machines using self-optimisation, self-configuration and even artificial intelligence to complete complex tasks in order to deliver vastly superior cost efficiencies and better-quality goods or services.

The challenge: according to a Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council Survey (April 2018):

* Skills. 97% of manufacturing leaders believe the emergence of cyber-physical systems, digitisation, and information-driven factories require a substantially different approach and set of skills. 49% say smart manufacturing is only superficially understood. 22% state they are only starting to scratch the surface.

* Security. In 2017, WannaCry ransomware infected more than 230,000 computers in 150 countries. “Two of the most high-profile victims were Nissan and Renault, in the UK and France respectively. Production ground to a halt and did not resume for days as the manufacturers dealt with the fallout.’ – Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

* Culture. Understanding the business of manufacturing is essential to success when applying information technologies to drive operational improvements. Having IT expertise without OT expertise doesn’t work – neither does OT without IT. But these are not departments that historically get along…

How can you reduce risk, raise profits and use the Industrial Internet of Things to build a secure, connected industrial environment that supports the future needs of your business? We’re dedicating one unique evening to find out.

Join World Wide Technology and select group of industry leaders for an intimate, interactive, peer-to-peer conversation focused on how manufacturers are developing and executing their Industrial IoT strategies – tackling the secure convergence of IT, Operations & Manufacturing Systems, and effectively leveraging data science to drive improvements in the business.


6:00 – 6:30 pm – Welcome Drinks Reception [individual introductions to attendees                                       upon arrival from MTB]
6:30 – 6:40 pm – Introduction from Master of Ceremonies
6:40 – 7:00 pm – Keynote Speaker [John Allen – GSK]
7:00 – 9:00 pm – Three-course dinner complemented with table discussion points
9:00 – 9:30 pm – Table Champion Feedback with panel Q&A [John Allen – GSK, Don                                     Rogers – WWT, Philip Quade – Fortinet]
9:30 pm – Wrap up and closing remarks from WWT

Discussion Topics

  • Current state of the manufacturing industry
  • Key business imperatives in manufacturing
  • Securing the digital factory
  • Digital Factory & Industrial IoT
  • Culture as Key Ingredient to Success

Keynote Speaker


John Allen,VP, Information Security Transformation at GSK

John Allen is a senior leader heading up the Operational Technology (OT) Information Security Transformation programme within GSK, a world-leading Pharmaceutical and Healthcare company. He has over 35 years of IT experience across Aerospace, Finance and Pharma and a deep understanding of both technologies and business process.

The GSK OT programme is globally focused on technology, process and operating models to improve the company’s ability to stay healthy in the growing cyber threat environment, as well as enabling a safe digital agenda.

John has worked across many IT disciplines, including Manufacturing Digital Partnering, Global Applications, Service Delivery, Programme Management, Strategy, Architecture and establishing GSK’s IT M&A Centre of Excellence.

About WWT

Founded in 1990, World Wide Technology (WWT) is a technology solution provider with more than 5,000 employees and $11 billion in annual revenue. We use a proven and innovative approach to help large public and private organisations discover, evaluate, architect and implement advanced technologies. We pride ourselves on delivering game-changing solutions by decreasing risk and significantly accelerating time-to-solution.

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